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Sabal minor Chipola Dwarf: another super dwarf Sabal
Last week I received seedlings from yet another super dwarf Sabal minor. This one is Chipola Dwarf from Marianna in NW FL. One of my seedlings is starting to go palmate. This palm is a bit larger than the better known Bountstown Dwarf and Wakulla Dwarf. It is a bit larger than those two palms (18" high x 30" wide). Adults can reach 5' high x 2' wide. All three dwarfs can be found within 50-75 miles of Tallahassee and SE, SW and NW of it. I've been looking for this one for quite a while without success. I moved them into 2g pots. Right now they don't look particularly distinctive but I look forward to growing them. These tiny Sabal minor dwarfs have promise for cold winter climates and can be easily protected. I know of someone in the Midwest who grows Blountstown in a pot and had them seed successfully. Very cool little palms that should be more easily available. However, tiny palms don't produce bumper crops of seeds. My largest Blountstown has not produced even 100 seeds in a crop. This year, probably because of our severe drought, it has not flowered at all. Enjoy.
Sabal minor Chipola Dwarf
Flowering Butia Matogrossensis
I purchased these seeds as Syagrus cerqueirana, but......well, I'm pretty sure they're Butia matogrossensis. Pretty quick to get to seed. This is like four or five years old.
I think these are seeds...I was able to pollinate last month from what I thought was inflorescence on another Needle in a different part of the yard as this one was flowering at the same time...just want to confirm...this is a first for me...
Sabal palmetto Lisa Flowers for the First Time!
About six weeks ago I got a most unexpected surprise: my largest Sabal palmetto Lisa is flowering and setting fruit for the first time. I got it as a most generous gift from a fellow PT-er in 2008 as a 1-2 strap leaf seedling. It's been growing in my Caribbean front garden since 2009. Even a few months ago I was assured it would need 5+' of trunk before it would flower so I resigned myself to a further 4-5' year wait. I guess my palm had other ideas. So, I know some palms don't produce fertile seeds on their first bloom. Are Sabals among those or made of hardier stuff? Anyway, today I took the following photos before storms moved in.
Sabal palmetto Lisa, Cape Coral, FL
Buy Butia seeds to send to Australia
I'm new to this forum and to growing palms; though i have been growing fruit trees in Melbourne, Australia.
I'm very interested in sourcing some Butia seeds, I'm wanting to grow a tree that produces tasty fruit and also use the flesh in the seed as a coconut substitute (can't grow coconuts where I am) - so I don't mind about seed size.
So far Butia eriospatha seems to fit the bill, though apparently a certain variety of B. odorata is also really good. Also came across some hybrids, are any of those good to grow for fruit too?
I read that apparently there's a grower in California called Patrick Schafer who is selectively breeding Butia eriospathas and other palms for fruit and other traits. Is it possible to buy seeds from him?
Any help would be appreciated!